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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Offer by Minister for Next Year.

The Department of Commerce would take the whole of the blue pea crop from Tasmania next year, whether it be 6,000 tons or more, at not less than 15s. per bushel delivered into store.

Senator Aylettsaid yesterday that he had been given this assurance by the Minister for Commerce (Mr. Scully) before he left Canberra.

If so, will the Minister make a specific pronouncement in similar terms ? Finally, I should be glad if the honorable gentleman would answer these questions -

Will the Prices Commissioner be requested to fix the price for next season?

Will payment be made in full immediately on delivery to authorized government agents?

Will arrangements be made for sufficient man- power?

Will peas grown in other States be acquired, and under the conditions applicable to those grown in Tasmania?

Have peas grown in other States been acquired this year?

The question in relation to man-power is important, because ploughing for blue pea sowing is, or should be, in progress in many districts in Tasmania, and will be in progress in other districts in the near future. It is desirable that the growers should know at once where they stand. An announcement that the growers will receive full payment on delivery of the peas will be the best way to encourage an increase of production. When peas are sold to private merchants payment is made immediately.

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